Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Anime Festival Asia (AFA) 2013 Aftermath

Anime Festival Asia (AFA) 2013 came and went extremely fast but I had a blast those 2 days though I was crazily trying to finish my day 1 cosplay stuff 2 weeks prior to the event. It was a lot of rushing and late nights but it was all worth it in the end.

I cosplayed from the Claymore series and to be exact, as the character Helen from the 7 Ghosts of the North arc. It happens after the anime ends so you only see their outfits in the manga.

Instagram pic of me before leaving Jo's house (she's our team leader) after preparations.

Full team picture, we put alot of hardwork into our swords and armours, even roping in Jo's boyfriend, Rescend, and a couple other friends to help us. Without them, I doubt we would have finished everything on time.  
Credits of the photograph goes to William Tjhin

After all the chaos and hardwork of Day 1, I was glad to be able to cosplay something easier on Day 2. I cosplayed Junko Enoshima from the game/anime Dangan Ronpa. Sad thing was that there was a dozen other Junkos at the event (same with her twin, Mukuro) but I'm glad Mini suggested getting the crown to stand out from the Junko mass. She also gave me this packet of Monokuma sweets that she had gotten during her short trip to Japan. She also helped me to back comb my wig for that more crazy look

Some shots of me that day. Credit goes to Fox Foo for the pictures.

Camwhores with friends on both days. Unfortunately, I coudn't really use my phone on Day 1 due to my gloves and Day 2 my phone batt went flat and I forgot to bring an external charger so less pictures this time. The crowds were also insane, so I didn't get to see alot of friends through the day.

Was able to meet and take a picture with Reika again through sheer luck. Hooray!! Though I again got tongue-tied upon being up close with her. 

I also met a cosplayer from overseas called JayEm, you may have seen his pictures floating around the internet as Ace from One Piece and Gray from Fairy Tail. He's famous for...well.... that body! The AFA management were actually pretty awed by his cosplay as Eren Titan form that they allowed him to pose inside the barriers surrounding the blow up Colossal Titan head! He's the only cosplayer to have been given that privilege and of course hordes of screaming fangirls were surrounding him. 

I saw alot of wonderful cosplays those 2 days but I could only take a couple of pictures.

Fellow Claymore cosplayers!! That King Isley is really spectacular and he's the same cosplayer whom I met at a different event! My team is trying to get him to join us for our photoshoot. 

Can't leave an event without taking pictures of Cvy and Kanasai-san, some of the most amazing local cosplayers. I truly aspire to reach their standard of cosplay someday. They are cosplaying playing cards from the famous illustrator, Saikizo. Can you imagine that all the stripes and plaid were individually hand sewn? Singapore doesn't offer cloth printing services and I saw their work in progress pictures through Facebook detailing their laborious process of creating these amazing costumes and meticulously styling their wigs.

My Claymore team were also filmed by 2 different people through the event. It's really an honour to be able to be part of these event films. 

First video by Rescend. He wanted to capture my cosplay of Junko on Day 2 too, but by the time he found me, I had begun to remove my wig and accessories. Anyway, we did a little skit capturing our Claymore Characters' personalities. It was fun for me as Helen's crazy fun attitude allowed me to tease my team mate. 

This video is by Calvin How from Malaysia. He was really happy to video us as Claymore was part of his to-film list of titles. 

After Day 1's events, we also had a mini birthday celebration for Jo. This event is certainly one of my favourite events out of the many I've attended thus far. Now, I'm looking forward to attending Comic Fiesta in Kuala Lumpur next month. It's going to be my first event overseas! I'm still on the fence about attending End-of-year (EOY) event but I'll definitely keep you guys updated.    

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